Jennie Kolpak, Director
Jennie joined Bethel in 2008. She oversees the School Breakfast, School Lunch, After School Snack and After School Supper programs in all 11 schools. She is a Registered Dietitian and uses this background to provide all Bethel students with nutritionally appropriate meals. Her goal is to promote long-term healthy food choices by providing good nutrition choices at school.
Alice Hull, Assistant Director
Alice has been with Bethel since 1994. She processes all Free and Reduced Lunch applications and manages student accounts. She provides administrative support for all schools and oversees the Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program and After School Feeding Programs.
Due to inclement weather conditions and school closures we have revised our school lunch menu for this week.
We have been revising menus daily due to the school closures. Under normal circumstances we rarely change our menus and when we do, it is usually due to a product shortage. We like our menus to be predictable and we definitely like to plan ahead! This situation is different. During the closure we have had to cancel many of our deliveries, change orders and basically keep several local vendors on standby on a daily basis. We feel very fortunate to have such flexibility with our partners. We are excited for our students to return and we will be ready with many of their favorite meals!
Follow the link to find out what is going on at Bethel Nutrition Services:
Last term Nutrition Services teamed up with students from the Willamette Improvement Team to collaborate on how we could better serve our students. The team had some great suggestions for us! After brainstorming with the kitchen team we realized that with a little creativity and flexibility we could make some improvements sooner than we expected. Some of the exciting changes include:
- The addition of “Build Your Own” entrée items at the Panini bar, all including vegetarian and vegan options. Monday is BYO Baked Potato Bar, Wednesday is BYO Burrito Bar, and Friday is BYO Nacho Bar.
- An expanded salad bar, doubling the number of items that are offered every day. We now have 25 items on our salad bar daily
- Increased portion size on many entrées
- Themed menu days. Monday is South of the Border, Tuesday is Asian Day, Wednesday is Old Style Favorites, Thursday is Italian Day, and Friday is Chef’s Choice Day
So far the student response has been very positive. The WIT team is currently busy analyzing a campus wide student survey that they conducted in December which should give us more information on how we can improve our services and plan for the future.